“Leadership isn’t about pushing people, it’s about pulling people. You can’t push a rope.
Leadership by example isn’t everything. People need you to verbalize it and do so in a positive way. Leadership is coaching, and a lot of times coaching is actually coaxing. What I mean is that it isn’t just about strategy or simply setting the right example. It’s about providing encouragement and positive reinforcement.
A ship is nothing without her crew and a plan is nothing without people to implement it. If you spend a long time developing a plan, spend twice the amount of effort getting people on board, without a dedicated crew, your plan is going nowhere. Get more people involved in the planning process and work on a straightforward communications plan. Listen to feedback and adjust accordingly. Most importantly, corral the naysayers. If you do these things, you will build a crew to bring your plans to life.”